Did you know October is National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM)? Started by the American Chiropractic Association, the holiday’s mission is to help educate people on the importance of musculoskeletal health. The main message of NCHM is to keep moving, because as many of us have learned over this past year with the pandemic, a sedentary life can turn out to be a real pain in the neck, back, and every single joint!
What is the Musculoskeletal System?
The musculoskeletal system is made up of your muscles, bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Basically, all of the parts of your body that help you to move.
When your musculoskeletal system is healthy, you can move freely and easily without any associated pain. But pain and stiffness can develop due to a sudden injury or an ongoing condition, such as arthritis.
Common musculoskeletal conditions include:
· Inflammatory arthritis (RA)
· Back pain
· Musculoskeletal injuries (from occupational or physical activity or injuries)
· Crystal arthritis (gout)
· Osteoporosis and related fractures
Tips for Better Musculoskeletal Health
To help you celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month, here are some tips to keep your musculoskeletal system healthy for years to come:
Be sure to commit to regular physical activity each week. Focus not only on cardio but also strength training and flexibility exercises. Yoga is great for musculoskeletal health.
It’s important to eat wholesome foods that provide your soft tissues with enough strength-building protein and enough calcium for your bones. Equally important is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce joint pain and stiffness.
Work with a Chiropractor
Regular chiropractic care is a great way to ensure your joints, spine, and muscles stay healthy and pain-free. Chiropractors take a holistic approach to your health and well-being and can design a treatment plan that addresses your particular needs, taking into account any injuries or work-related stress.
Credit: The Trauma & Healing Foundation